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Benefits

Information about Housing Benefit and how to apply.
Information about Council Tax Support and how to apply.
See how much Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support you could claim.
If you are on means-tested benefits you may be entitled to crisis support from the Local Discretionary Payment Scheme.
If you are struggling financially, get advice and apply for help with your rent.
Find out how to challenge a decision about your Housing Benefit or Council Tax Support.
Confidentially report benefit fraud in Gateshead.

Cost of living payment

You may be able to get a payment to help with the cost of living if you're getting certain benefits or tax credits. Check if you're eligible. An easy read version of this information is also available.

Support with applying for benefits

You can apply for most of the benefits mentioned in this section online. If you can't use a computer at all, or have reading or learning difficulties, call us on 0191 433 4646.

A package of additional government support is available for some people on benefits and for people who receive Council Tax Support. If you are entitled to more help towards Council Tax, we will send you a revised bill and a letter explaining it.

Change in circumstances

You must tell us about any changes in your circumstances that have happened since you applied, or while you've been receiving benefit. If you or your partner is approaching state pension age, please read our Housing Benefit guidance for mixed age couples.

Report a change in circumstances

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